Madrid based José María Sánchez García of Estudio de Arquitectura has completed the ‘Rowing and Canoeing Centre’ located in Badajoz, Spain. This open air pavilion serves as a deck for boating activities and an impromptu classroom for workshops while overlooking the Alange Reservoir. a series of parallel exposed trusses emerging from a monolithic concrete plinth support a thin profile roof. this arrangement generates open air verandas around the perimeter of the structure. Internal breezeways generated by the trusses and transparent walls gesture visitors towards the water, shore and boats.
The concrete foundation is immersed within the sand and becomes gradually exposed as it approaches the water’s edge. A void within the solid base contains a suspended ramp leading boaters to the programmed areas. Public restrooms, changing rooms and offices are illuminated and ventilated by holes drilled into the solid walls which allow air and light to penetrate the submerged space.